80th anniversary of Australian women's military service on Rottnest Island

By Ms Angela Heymans
Category: Military

This year marks the 80th anniversary of the date women of the Australian Women's Army Service (AWAS) first arrived on Rottnest Island.  They were followed by other branches of the services including the Women’s Royal Australian Navy Service (WRANS), the Women’s Auxiliary Australian Air Force (WAAAF) and the Royal Australian Army Nursing Service.  The Rottnest Voluntary Guides Association (RVGA) will celebrate this event on Rottnest over the weekend of 8 and 9 October 2022.  Dr Lesley Silvester and Mike Murray from the RVGA will outline the plans for the weekend and relate some of the stories of these women at the next meeting of the Military Interest Group on Saturday 20 August 2022 at FamilyHistoryWA.  Registration essential via this link .


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